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New AHA president aims for Americans to enjoy good cardiovascular health as they get older

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Growing up in Philadelphia, Mark Creager usually could be found on a sandlot or a playground. Baseball was his favorite sport, yet he and his buddies played them all: touch football, handball, basketball or sometimes just making up their own ball game. He enjoyed running […]

After colorful path to chairman of AHA board, Royse focused on healthier communities

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Al Royse readily admits he had no idea what he was getting into back in 1997, when representatives from the American Heart Association asked him to become chairman of the San Francisco Heart Walk.

Royse knew little about the organization. He knew little about heart disease. […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Slowed by stroke at 18, he’s a college grad starting a new job at 25

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Michael Trujillo graduated from Illinois State University in May with a bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing. He’s travelling this summer before starting a sales job for an international manufacturing supplier in August.

Such a “normal” life still surprises the 25-year-old from the Chicago suburb […]

Heart Across America rolls across finish line

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Riding on a hand-controlled bicycle, Sean Maloney joined his fellow riders as they crossed the finish line Sunday for Heart Across America, a 5,000-mile trek from Palo Alto, California, to Manhattan aimed at helping in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Everywhere the tour went, they spread […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After 11 heart attacks – yes, 11 – former skater savors life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Toshawa Andrews fell in love with competitive ice skating as a child. In her mid-20s, her devotion kicked up a notch. She began competing, putting in several hours of training at least four days a week.

One day, she felt a burning sensation in her chest. […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 9-year-old’s voice helps save his mom’s life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Saturday mornings at the Smithlin household in Puyallup, Washington, followed a comfortable routine: Kyra, an early riser, would go into her 9-year-old son Bryce’s room for some cuddle time while her husband, Tony, enjoyed a little extra sleep.

On Dec. 15, 2012, things were going along […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: She loves New York with all of her (revived) heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s creates a vibrant scene in New York City, and Brittany Williams and her family were soaking it up last December.

On the first Saturday of the month, they spent the day shopping and enjoying holiday decorations. That night, these […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: At 11, she’s on her 4th pacemaker; and that’s only part of her story

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ty’Meisha Sloan is much like many 11-year-old girls.

She loves singing, dancing, playing softball and spending time with friends and family in Jacksonville, Florida.

“I’m pretty much going all day,” she said.

But Ty’Meisha has one important difference from her peers. She has a pacemaker.

She’s even unique among […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: CPR-giver becomes recipient, hopes others learn from his example

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tim Byrd was mentally preparing for a chaotic weekend of helping at his son’s marching band competition and administering a skills test to students in his emergency medical technician’s class.

So when he arrived at work that Friday morning, ready to start his shift as a […]

4 teen stroke survivors who share special bond are graduating from high school this weekend

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In the fall of 2011, Abby Anderson, Blake Ephraim, Madeline Mudd and Molly Ogden were among several thousand freshmen starting high school in the Kansas City area.

They had things in common, as would any four teenage girls. But their interests didn’t overlap enough that they’d […]